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How to Sew a Quilted Pot Holder

Handmade kitchen accessories, like oven mitts and hot pads, make great housewarming gifts. But, we bet you could use a new pair for your own kitchen! Stitch a simple hot pad that’s extra-large for grabbing big casserole dishes and makes a great weekend sewing project.

This tutorial will teach you how to sew the perfect pot holder, complete with a hanging loop and a slot for your hand.

pot holder sewing tutorial

Finished size: 10″ x 10″
Fabric: Tea Garden by Molly Hatch for Blend Fabrics
Time requirement: 1-2 hours, depending on experience

Materials (for 1 pot holder):

  • Main fabric (spoons): (2) 10 1/2″ squares, (2) 10 1/2″ x 7″ rectangles
  • Binding fabric (crosshatch): bias cut fabric strips to make 1-2/3″ yards of 2 1/2″-wide double fold quilt binding
  • Insulated batting: (1) 10 1/2″ square Insul-Fleece
  • Quilt batting scraps: (2) 10 1/2″ squares, (1) 10 1/2″ x 7″ rectangle
  • Rotary cutter and drinking glass to round corners

Get the six-page printable instructions for the quilted pot holder here.



Assemble the five 10 1/2″ squares as follows: Bottom: Main fabric right side down; Middle: Batting, then insulated batting, then another layer of batting; Top: Main fabric right side up.

Pot Holder Tutorial 1

2. Baste as desired (spray basting works great) and quilt the layers together. I used a free-motion looping pattern. Trim the main panel to a 10″ x 10″ square.

Pot Holder Tutorial 2

3. Round three corners of the main panel using a rotary cutter and drinking glass. Repeat steps 1-3 with the three 10 1/2″ x 7″ pieces, with two exceptions: You’ll only have one layer of batting in the center and you’ll round only the bottom two corners of the pocket panel.

Pot Holder Tutorial 3

4. Starting with the straight edge of the rectangular pocket panel, apply a 10 1/2″ strip of double fold bias tape. Open up the tape right side down and align the raw edge against the straight edge of the pocket panel. Stitch along the fold line marked in red. Tip: If you sew 1/8″ to the side of the fold nearest the raw edge, this will help your bias tape fold over more easily later.

Pot Holder Tutorial 4

5. Flip the bias tape up over the line you just stitched and fold it over to the back. Top stitch the bias tape in place and trim off the ends.

Pot Holder Tutorial 5

6. Stack the pocket panel on top of the main panel as pictured. Pin in place. Apply the remaining bias tape to the pot holder the same way you did earlier. Begin in the squared-off corner and ease the bias tape around the curves. When you reach your starting point, overlap the bias tape ends but don’t trim. (You’ll use the remainder for a hanging loop later.)

Pot Holder Tutorial 6

7. Trim the pot holder corners with pinking shears or notch them with scissors to reduce bulk in the seams. Use pinking shears on any other edges that seem too bulky. Fold over the bias tape to bind the raw edges and clip in place.

Pot Holder Tutorial 7

8. Top stitch the bias tape down 1/8″ from the edge to secure the binding.

Pot Holder Tutorial 8

9. When you get to the place where the bias tape ends meet, continue topstitching the fabric to itself to seal the folded edges of loose bias tape together. Cut the fabric to your desired length, make a loop, and place the other raw edge at back of the pot holder. Stitch an “X” with a box through all layers to secure the loop.

Pot Holder Tutorial 9

This extra-large, super-thick pot holder is my favorite size to sew, and is great at protecting your hands from hot dishes.

Get the six-page printable instructions for the quilted pot holder here.

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Pat Barger

I love your pot holder pattern, but when click on the pattern to copy, my printer wants to print 19 pages! Is there some way to print just the pattern?


Make sure you are on portrait and only print 2-8, not print all.


I could definitely use a new one of these! Thanks for the idea and tutorial.

mary johnson

I will be making some of these,I have lots scraps…..

Mickey Gray

Great Potholder!! Like the Spoon Fabric”.

sue welker

is there a way to save this in a pdf file in the computer

sue welker

Is there a way to save these instructions in a pdf file in the computer

Catherine wall

you would choose to Print and in the print dialog box that comes up, choose PDF, then Save

kathleen sheffer hannum

I was your little neighbor down the st. On 20th and Lamer. I remember you but I don’t know if u remember me . Connie put us in contact. Add me to your contacts please. I’m so excited!

kathleen sheffer hannum

Please get in touch w me carol shorter hicks

kathleen sheffer hannum

Please get in touch w me carol shorter hicks


Thanks for the tutorial. Who doesn’t need a few nice potholders? Great gift idea too!

Dianne Kemp

Just have to find the time to make all your beautiful creations.

gloria gonzales



Tried to follow a different pattern before I found this one. Key word is tried. It showed a picture of the loop but not how to make it. It had just 1 layer of batting no insulin fleece. Guess that was a potholder for looks only not for touching something hot with. And it had no pocket. This one is perfect n easy to follow. Thanks.

Rachael Case

Hi, thanks for the pattern! I am a little confused on the amount of binding strips I have to make. Is it basically 36.6″ x 2.5″? That is how I understood it, but it is not long enough to wrap around my pot holder and leave the loop for hanging, especially when I take off 10 inches for the pocket binding. Am I misunderstanding this? Thank you!


Hi Rachael! You will want to have enough 2 1/2″ binding strips to be 1 and 2/3 yards long (60 inches in length). This should more than cover the 10″ sides and pocket strip. Let me know if you have any more questions!

Rachael Case

Ohhh! I see. I was thrown off by the quotation mark (inches symbol) in the materials section. —make 1-2/3″ yards—
Thank you so much for your reply and for your help! ?

Rachael Case

The application of my binding came out terrible. The front of the pot holder looks OK but the back is loose and uneven, some of the stitches didn’t even make it onto the binding, it is a mess! LOL I’m going to try to rip it out and start over. Do you have any tips for applying the binding in this way, topstitching? I’ve applied binding to a quilt but it’s a little different. Thank you so much!


What kind of batting do you use? I have a regular sewing machine and it ends up being so thick, I can’t get it under the foot


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